A great singer appeals for the expelled musicians of Basle
The city is kicking out its foreign musicians. Andreas Scholl appeals for your help in stopping the eviction. Basle is in the forefront of Europe’s expulsion culture. The rot must be stopped here.
Death of an indispensable critic
We are terribly sad to hear from colleagues on the Telegraph of the passing, this morning, of Michael Kennedy, aged 88. UPDATE: Comprehensive Telegraph obit here Michael was one of very few critics who was a journalist before he was a musician. He joined the Telegraph in Manchester at 15 in 1941, went off to […]
Happy news: Diva, twice thwarted, announces third pregnancy
The hugely popular Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has never had it easy. After emergency heart surgery in 2012, she managed to conceive twice, only to have her hopes dashed before term. Now she has announced in a local interview that she’s expecting again. ‘I know we’re living on borrowed time,’ says Measha. ‘I have lost two […]
Shostakovich’s taste in women
The composer in his flat on Mozhaiskoe shosse, 1957 (c) DSCH Journal. Nice tie.
Arts PR is killed in car smash
Eric Eatherly, vice president of the Chicago-based Silverman Group and a well-liked figure across the arts, died when his father’s car was involved in a crash on the road to Knoxville. His father, who was driving, is in critical condition. Eric was 35. An injured dancer, his main account was the Joffrey Ballet. He also […]
Nilsson’s heir sings her last Isolde
‘For most of us, the post-Nilsson generation,’ writes Barbara Moeller in Die Welt, ‘she has been the Isolde of our lives.’ On Sunday, Waltraud Meier bid farewell to the role in Berlin. Meier, 58, was expelled from Bayreuth in 2000 after a falling out with Wolfgang Wagner. She has since sung the major Wagner […]
The most miserable honours list in years
The New Year list is among the most meagre we can recall for musicians. There are no knighthoods or peerages. The CBE is awarded to Roger Wright, the former Proms controller and longest serving chief of any service in the BBC’s history; and to Jude Kelly, artistic director of London’s South Bank Centre. Richard Jones, […]
Berlin’s in the 90s at year end
The Berlin Philharmonic has shown a fine set of figures for 2014. Ticket sales in the main hall of the Philharmonic achieved 94 percent of capacity. In the chamber music hall (often featuring members of the Philharmonic), the uptake was 71 percent. Can any other orch match those stats?
Last-day relief: Milan’s orchestra is saved by Government cheque, two years late
The state had somehow failed to pay €3 million, promised in 2013. A further subsidy of 950,000 is guaranteed for the coming year, in a vague kind of way. With 2014 ticking out, Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini at last came through with the cash so the orch can play on, for now. Seems a funny […]
Baritone bounces back from reflux, divorce and work on a building site
Heartwarming story on a Welsh site about Mark Llewellyn Evans, who seemed to have lost his career when a generous friend paid for the operation that gave him the courage to continue. Click here.
The reward for a really bad review
Echoes of Harold Schonberg’s Times review that supposedly killed Claude Frank’s career in New York continue to resound. Here’s how Harold began his review: Claude Frank, who was a Schnabel student and in recent years has been active with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival, can, on the basis of his Schumann performance last […]